Income tax (I-T) officials raided the premises of Apollo Hospitals across India on Tuesday, but the reason behind the raids could not be ascertained, according to media reports.Besides the hospitals, raids were conducted on the residence of Preetha Reddy, executive vice-chairperson, Apollo Hospitals. “I can confirm that the raids began this morning,” a senior income tax official was quoted as saying by The Economic Times. Apollo Hospitals is yet to issue a statement.The Apollo Hospitals Group operates 9,200 beds across 64 hospitals.The Apollo Hospitals share closed at Rs 1,466.75 on Tuesday on the BSE, up 1.35%
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has distanced herself from the land deals involving Skylight Hospitality that are under the scanner of various law-enforcement agencies. She has also claimed that this was a political conspiracy to malign her. Priyanka — daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi — has been accused by some quarters of profiting from the land deals that her husband struck.Skylight Hospitality belongs to Priyanka’s husband Robert Vadra, and is currently under investigation after charges of land-grabbing cropped up against it. More recently, the Justice SN Dhingra Commission — set up by the BJP government in Haryana in 2015 to probe Vadra’s land deals there — has said Vadra had made profits of Rs 50.5 crore from the deals, one of which involves a property bought and sold by Priyanka. The report has been published in a business daily.Priyanka has said in a statement issued through her office: “Six years prior to the purported ‘land deal involving Skylight Hospitality’ on April 28, 2006, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra purchased 40 Kanal 00 Marla (5 acres) of agricultural land in village Amipur, tehsil Faridabad, district Faridabad in Haryana.”She added: “The land was purchased for a total purchase price of Rs 15 lakh, which was paid for entirely by cheque, which was the equivalent of Rs 3 lakh per acre. The source of funds for the aforesaid purchase was rental income of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from property inherited from her grandmother Indira Gandhi.”She then went on to distance herself and her dealings with the business ventures of her husband. She said: “The source of funds for this or any other property acquired by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra has no relationship whatsoever with Robert Vadra’s finances and/or Skylight Hospitality, and no relationship whatsoever with DLF.”Priyanka also said that any allegation put out by the aforementioned daily that “besmirches” her reputation “will appear to be based upon certain questionable documents and represent a deliberate, politically motivated and malicious campaign to besmirch and destroy her reputation.”
BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy taken to a Dhaka court in a prison van on 31 January. Photo: Sajid HossainA Dhaka court on Wednesday sent Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy to jail in a case filed with the Ramna police station.The court also put 55 other BNP leaders and activists on remand in four separate cases filed in connection with an attack on a prison van.Dhaka metropolitan magistrate Mahmudul Hasan passed the order.Read more: BNP leader Azizul Bari Helal ‘detained’ Gayeshwar Chandra Roy’s lawyer Sanaullah Mia alleged that Gayeshwar Chandra Roy was arrested only for his political statements.A group of BNP activists broke open prison van and snatched away two of their fellows in front of the High Court Mazar gate on Tuesday.The incident took place when BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia was returning after appearing at a Dhaka court in Zia Charitable Trust graft case. Police detained 69 BNP men in connection with Tuesday’s incident.